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A Quick and Dirty review of Edward Klein's Book, "Blood Feud: The Clintons vs the Obamas

Ed Klein, the congenital rightwing ideologue and New York Times best selling author of the incredibly insightful book, "The Amateur," is at it again. In the process of "signifying" and "stirring up the pot of animosity" between the Democrat's two leading families, Klein again lowers his ideological blinkers just low enough and long enough to hit his targets in the bullseye.

As was the case with his earlier book, what results is a very readable and believable analysis of the Clinton-Obama feud, and a priceless picture of the four personalities involved. And despite his ideological pedigree, it must be said that Klein deserves to be put in the same exclusive small group of conservative thinkers, like David Brooks, who, to their credit, have still retained the ability to think outside their "assigned ideological boxes," and then still believe that it is important to get the facts right and report them accurately -- especially if they are based mainly on confidential sources as most of this book is.

In a wide-ranging "blow-by-blow" account of the feud, one that, more often than not, dips so low that it is sometimes indistinguishable from ordinary Washington DC gossip, Klein leaves all parties to the conflict diminished and thus much less than the sum of their Democratic Party parts. Despite all of these caveats, the reader will still find the book a quick and interesting read with some sparkling insights among which are the following ones that i have culled from across the manuscript:

--While Mr. Obama, still has an "outsized" ego, and is smart in his own narrow way, he is still fragile, extremely petty, pouty, self-absorbed, disloyal in the extreme, and a diffident leader.

--His "go to guy" is a girl, his and Michelle's Svengali and consiglieri, the notorious (don't call me VJ) Valery Jarrett. To an alarming degree, the leader of the Western world relies not on the advice of a seasoned politician like Joe Biden, but on the opinions of his wife, and her best friend, Jarrett -- either of whom on their best days are "in, way over their heads, out in deep political waters without a life jacket."

--Obama hates Bill too, but not nearly as much as Jarrett A Quick and Dirty review of Edward Klein's Book, "Blood Feud: The Clintons vs the Obamas

Ed Klein, the congenital rightwing ideologue and New York Times best selling author of the incredibly insightful book, "The Amateur," is at it again. In the process of "signifying" and "stirring up the pot of animosity" between the Democrat's two leading families, Klein again lowers his ideological blinkers just low enough and long enough to hit his targets in the bullseye.

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As was the case with his earlier book, what results is a very readable and believable analysis of the Clinton-Obama feud, and a priceless picture of the four personalities involved. And despite his ideological pedigree, it must be said that Klein deserves to be put in the exclusive small group of conservative thinkers, like David Brooks, who, to their credit, have still retained the ability to think outside their "assigned ideological boxes," and then still believe that it is important to get the facts right and report them accurately -- especially if they are based mainly on confidential sources as most of this book is.

In a wide-ranging "blow-by-blow" account of the feud, one that, more often than not, dips so low that it is sometimes indistinguishable from ordinary Washington DC gossip, Klein leaves all parties to the conflict diminished and thus much less than the sum of their Democratic Party parts. Despite all of these caveats, the reader will still find the book a quick and interesting read with some sparkling insights among which are the following ones that i have culled from across the manuscript:

--While Mr. Obama, still has an "outsized" ego, he is still fragile, extremely petty, pouty, self-absorbed, disloyal in the extreme, and a diffident leader.

--His "go to guy" is a girl, his and Michelle's Svengali and consiglieri, the notorious (don't call me VJ) Valery Jarrett. To an alarming degree, the leader of the Western world relies not on the advice of a seasoned politician like Joe Biden, but on the opinions of his wife, and her best friend, Jarrett -- either of whom on their best days are "in way over their heads, out in deep political waters without a life jacket."

--Mr. Obama hates Bill too, but not nearly as much as Jarrett does. And since she is supposed to "have his back" she serves as the little gnome that sits on the President's shoulder and tells him: Psst, Barack? If Bill Clinton is involved, shoot first, then run, and ask questions later.

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--Incredibly, Mr. Obama followed her advice so often that it got him backed so far up against the wall that he had to punt on fourth and long repeatedly in order to get reelected. Guess who then kept pulling his nuts out of the fire? You got it, old "Slick Willie" himself -- but not before Barack had to come crawling across the golf course to beg for his help.

--In what can only be described as world-class party disloyalty, after Mr. Obama was reelected with Clinton's critical help, and he was back safely hiding under the Oval Office desk, he immediately tried to then gratuitously continue his snubbing of his savior Bill Clinton -- and by extension Hillary too -- as he immediately reneged on promises he and Bill had made (when he was on his knees praying for someone to deliver him from Jarrett and himself) that he would support Hillary in her bid for the Democratic nomination.

--Bill, on the other hand, even though he is still recognized as the "Big Dog" in the Democratic Party, just wanted to "feel" Obama's love, but BHO withheld it. Despite this Bill, deservedly came off as the bigger person, having saved the Party (if even only for Hillary's sake) by helping get BHO elected in 2012. However, being snubbed after his magnanimity, did not go down well even with an old big-hearted lap dog like Bill.

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